Do you want to stand out in your next interview? If so, here are three C’s that will take your interview skills to the next level and help you make a positive impression with your interviewers.

Contextual Examples

How you answer questions in a job interview determines if you advance or not. Just giving your job duty or accomplishment by itself is not enough. When you discuss the context in which you did your job duty/ accomplishment, you’ll be sure to stand out.

NON CONTEXT based example: I increased departmental sales by 15%.

CONTEXT based example: I stopped a two year trend of decline in revenue and increased sales by 15% in 13 months.

Can you see the difference? It’s amazing how powerful one little tweak can make.

When an interviewer ask you a behavioral based interview question: “tell me about a time when…” , you can use the CAR model to respond. I learned about the CAR model in my first career center job at Rutgers University.

Context – state the challenge you were facing and the surrounding context

Action – describe the action(s) you took to address the challenge and/or create new possibilities

Result –  what was the result from your action(s) and how did it benefit the organization


Self confidence is the conscious choice of letting your goals drive you rather than your fears.

To demonstrate that you are a confident person you must meditate on positive and uplifting beliefs and affirmations everyday.

Verbal affirmations stop the voice inside your head that says you can’t do it. Your self-talk and inner dialogue create your reality. My most recent experience with affirmations was giving birth to my son. I wanted to have an all-natural unmedicated birth, so I had 10 affirmations that I practiced two weeks straight leading up to his birth. In my head, I wondered if it would really work. I wasn’t the only one who questioned the affirmations, my friend who was a nurse and had recently delivered her 3rd child said “interesting… let me know if that actually works for you”.

When I was in the middle of my labor, I reminded myself of my affirmations – I’ll share a few with you below.

1 – “Don’t think of it as pain, think of it as an interesting sensation that requires all of your attention” (Ina May, a famous Midwife)

2 – 300,000 women will be giving birth with you today

3 – Relax and breathe; you can do it

4 – Ride the wave of the contraction

5 – I am excited to give birth to my baby

Repeating these over and over helped me to get through the labor with no meds. When I had the thought, “just pull this thing out of me!” I brought myself back to “I am a strong and capable woman”.

You can do the same for a job interview. Here is an example of an affirmation that can be said before and during an interview: “I believe in myself, others believe in me and I have something special to offer this companyIt may feel silly, yet it works.  


If you have credibility and confidence, but you don’t have connection with the interviewers, you won’t get the job.

This is because they need to feel like you’re a good culture/team fit.

So what’s connection anyway?

Connection comes from Latin and means “Common”. It’s focusing on common ground, common interests and common values.

To connect well with interviewers, it’s important to understand what they care about in a candidate and clearly describe how you’re a match.

If you don’t connect your message to what’s important to them, your message will fall on deaf ears. As top ranked leadership expert John C Maxwell points out: “If you want to get your message across, you have to learn how to communicate in someone else’s world.”

Connection is also about being intune to what the interviewer is saying and actively listening. It’s about engaging, building trust and rapport.

Someone who is good at connecting is someone  we look forward to being around.

Great team members are people we look forward to being around; this starts with the interview.


Use these three C’s in your upcoming interview and you’ll be well on your way to landing your next job.